The headline in the Guardian implied that Robert Cottage was 'ex-BNP'. Cottage was a former election candidate for the British National party, who having stood in local elections in 2006, would still have been a BNP member when he was caught with a stockpile of bomb-making chemicals, along with several "recipes" for explosive devices at his Colne, Lancashire - the largest stockpile ever found in someone's home in the British Isles. Allegedly, Cottage was a fan of U.S. conspiraloon Alex Jones, and had been preparing for 'civil war' in Britain (preparing or planning?). Missing from the new report is a mention of the rocket-launcher, which was reported in earlier reports
At the start of today's hearing at Manchester Crown Court, ex-candidate for the BNP, Robert Cottage, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of explosives, but denied one count of conspiracy to cause an explosion. A second man, David Jackson, 62, denies one count of possession of explosives and one of conspiracy to cause an explosion.
Robert Cottage's wife, who told a social worker that her husband possessed several crossbows and had chemicals stored at their home, sparked the police raid which uncovered 21 types of chemicals which, when mixed together, could form explosives.
On September 28 last year, police discovered four air pistols and a number of crossbows with ammunition and ball bearings, along with a computer document detailing how to make different types of bombs.*
In a written statement read out to the court from Cottage's wife, it was revealed that the former candidate for BNP, Robert Cottage, wanted to "gun down the prime minister" and "shoot the Liberal Democrat peer, Lord Greaves", and told of his "strong views and opinions on immigration"
Following interviews with Mr Cottage, police then raided Mr Jackson's home on October 1 and found a bow and arrow and two nuclear protection suits.
"The prosecution say these two men together agreed to order these chemicals... and they intended to make a bomb with them," Miss Blackwell said. "That much, the Crown says, is clear due to the information found on the computer. "The bomb they intended to make would have had the ability to cause damage or cause serious injuries."
The trial continues....
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*In the Guardian, the document was said to be the notorious "Anarchy Cookbook", whilst in the Telegraph, the document was said to be the Anarchists' Cook Book' - a badly-named document with recipes for bombs with interesting mispellings, used only by violent fantasists and neo-fascist militants, which ought not to be confused with "The Anarchists' Cookbook" which is an open source project containing recipes from around the world, articles on the benefits of raw food, ethical eating ideas, and tips on how to grow your own vegetables.